We are always looking for research that supports the long term benefits of given therapeutic interventions. In this study, reported in ScienceDaily, it is reported “Both civilians and military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reap long-term benefits from psychotherapies used for short-term treatment, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University”.
The study looks at two types of interventions: trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. The article goes on to explain, “Broadly, cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms by changing patient behavior and addressing maladaptive thoughts. In particular, exposure therapy-considered the current standard for PTSD treatment-exposes patients to feared stimuli under deliberate, controlled, safe conditions.”
When you look at the goals of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) you can see that they would also address the “changing patient behavior and addressing maladaptive thoughts” listed under ‘Cognitive Behavioral’ therapy. This is a partial list of the goals of PSR:
- Behavior Management Skills
- Effective Communication Skills
- Problem Identification and problem solving skills
- Developing skills to become emotionally connected to themselves and to others
- Identifying right from wrong
We see the results every day with the clients we serve, but it is always nice to have see new research that supports what we do! Through work with horses, we help children, teens and adults struggling with PTSD and many other social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues.
If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD, seek help. We are here to be part of a comprehensive treatment plan. We will work with your clinician to provide ancillary support services intended to supplement the work you and your clinician are doing. We would be happy to schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and will share how we may be able to help. Call or email to set up a visit.